to fight COVID-19 may be ready by the end of the year, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday 6 October 2020.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment from all leaders to ensure the equalization of vaccines when available. This is the statement on the Website of Channel News Asia, Wednesday (7/10/2020).
“We need a vaccine and there is hope later this year we can have a vaccine. There is still hope,” Tedros said in his final remarks without explaining further.
Nine experimental vaccines are in the process of building the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility which aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.
The two-day council meeting, which discussed the global response to the pandemic, heard calls from countries including Germany, the UK and Australia for reforms to strengthen the UN body.
Three independent panels that review who’s performance including the 2005 International Health Regulation – which sets guidelines on trade and travel restrictions imposed during health emergencies – provide updates on their work.
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met for the first time last month.
“We hope to learn real lessons that we can apply and prevent the same from happening,” Tedros said.
“But I want to assure you that who is ready to learn from this and change this organization.
“During the transformation, we promised this, we promised to keep changing constantly,” he said referring to his program since taking office in 2017.